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Dubai residents open doors to those hit by huge NYE fire

Locals tweet #NeedAnAddress hashtag after Downtown Dubai hotel fire forces mass evacuation

Dubai residents open doors to those hit by huge NYE fire

Dubai residents have reached out to those affected by the New Year’s Eve fire in the Downtown area of the city using Twitter.

The hashtag #NeedAnAddress was trending in the country shortly after the Address Downtown hotel caught fire, with Twitter users offering spare beds and sofas to those evacuated from the area.

Auris Hotels, which has several properties in Dubai, tweeted that it had 30 rooms available in the TECOM area of the city.

And  Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing said it was working to provide guests evacuated from Downtown Address hotel with alternative hotel accommodation.

Twitter user Faizan Jamal wrote: “Free everything at Dubai Silicon Oasis. Nutella for you and diapers for your baby. Free brekkie too! And hugs! Lots of hugs! #NeedAnAddress”.

The massive fire at the 63-storey hotel broke out about three hours before New Year’s celebrations were due to begin. Four firefighting teams attended the fire, and the fireworks ceremony at the Burj Khalifa continued on schedule.

The Dubai Media Office has said that 14 people suffered slight injuries, while one person suffered a heart attack.

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